Music, barbie lightens post cyclone mood at Rainforest Ranch
RAINFOREST Ranch owners Warren and Jean O'Leary are bringing back a little bit of cheerfulness to Byfield through good old country music.
A serene setting between the trees, overlooking a large pond on a timber deck while leaning back in your chair listening to some live music is the best form of recovery after a cyclone.
That's what Jean and Warren think anyway.
The husband and wife team run the cabins and weddings venue on Yaxleys Rd.
They are encouraging locals and the Capricorn Coast to venture out and visit them for an afternoon of music, food and fun.
Warren said they had some exciting acts booked in while getting back on their feet after Cyclone Marcia tore through their property.
"There's been a bit of a change," Warren told the Capricorn Coast Mirror.
"We've been cleaning up ourselves over the past few months and we're slowly getting there.
"Weddings are back as well which has been great for us."
Rainforest Ranch was one of the many businesses badly affected by the category five cyclone that hit the coast in February, but fortunately it didn't do any major structural damage.
"We had huge trees fall just inches from a couple of our cabins, so we were very lucky in that respect," Jean said.
"One upside is that with all of the fallen trees we were able to see our first sunset in 10 years over the mountains."
Since then, the pair has been trying to promote their Sunday sessions, to let people know that Byfield is still open for business.
"It's starting to pick up a little now, but a lot of people thought Byfield was ground zero and that we were all permanently out of action," Warren said.
"So we're trying to change that perception.
"We've gone with the country theme but we also want to promote local artists."
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